parkerlewis: There's a lottery pool where I work. People pitch in $5 a week. They've been doing this since February. The most they have won is $7. I'm so glad I keep my $5 a week
Bondith: This isn't science reporting, this is John Tesh and Ric Romero in labcoats.
tweek46420: i know the chance of winning is less then slim to none, but you sure as hell are not going to win if you don't play (and probably won't win even if you do, but I'll give up one soda for that chance)
Son of Byrne: Here's a question for all the people here who say that they'll probably buy a ticket: "How many tickets will you actually buy?"My guess, is that most people will not just buy one or two tickets, but will buy as many as they think is reasonable and that number will likely increase with the size of the jackpot.I won't claim that I haven't had the fantasy of what to do with 200 million dollars, but for me anyway, the fantasy remains a fantasy. I don't take the step of buying a ticket (or 20) to try to fulfill that fantasy. Weirdly enough, I've *never* purchased a lottery ticket (not even when I was young and stupid!) so I'm intrigued by the idea of moving the fantasy to a possible reality (buying a ticket).I don't hate on the ticket buyers, I'm just curious how and why the ticket buyers do what they do.
Son of Byrne: Here's a question for all the people here who say that they'll probably buy a ticket: "How many tickets will you actually buy?"My guess, is that most people will not just buy one or two tickets, but will buy as many as they think is reasonable and that number will likely increase with the size of the jackpot.
Bondith: Voluntary tax on people who are bad at math.
spawn73: NeoCortex42:I'd say it's worth picking numbers unlikely to be common. Since every number combo has exactly equal chance of being picked, I'd rather pick a set less likely to result in a split jackpot.It's hard to pick unlikely numbers though. Just by picking them, you're doing some kind of pattern someone else is doing as well. Ie. to you, you'd think to consequitive numbers doesn't look random, and so does everyone else, bam, you're already sharing with someone.I'd say the best is let the computer pick for you.
NeoCortex42: I'd say it's worth picking numbers unlikely to be common. Since every number combo has exactly equal chance of being picked, I'd rather pick a set less likely to result in a split jackpot.
Curious: my boss who likes playing with numbers once input all the wining numbers for the last year in an attempt to see what hit more often. he still comes to work everyday so i'm guessing it wasn't a wining strategy.
Mr. Eugenides: There is no way to increase the odds of any one ticket winning. 1,2,3,4,5,6 has the same probability of being drawn as any other combination.There was only one bit of useful information, and that is that the numbers chosen by many players are not random. They are based on birthdays or other "magic" numbers. You cannot increase your odds of winning, but you can decrease the odds that you will pick the same numbers as someone else.
BZWingZero: Only way to win is to buy a ticket and cross your fingers. Your set of numbers has the same odds as everyone else's does at getting picked. Some numbers are more likely to be picked by others (birthdays, etc), but they're all equally as likely to be the winning numbers.
Bondith: PROBABILITY DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY!"International Science Times", my ass./death to subby for linking to an autoplay ad
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